Residential Electrician (Tools Included)

With booming infrastructure, new energy conservation projects, and an aging workforce, demand for skilled electricians is on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for electricians will increase 9% through 2030, with around 84,000 job openings for electricians estimated each year.

The Residential Electrician course is designed to teach you the fundamental skills needed to work with residential electrical systems—no previous experience is required. You will...

12 Months / 144 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES7001

What you will learn

  • Branch and feeder circuits with various types of cable and conduit
  • Service of circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, paddle fans, and electric motors
  • Identifying and fixing electrical problems on "service calls"
  • Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of photovoltaic renewable energy systems

How you will benefit

  • This course provides foundational knowledge and skills that are required of an entry-level electrician
  • You will understand how to use the National Electrical Code®, sizing electrical boxes, sizing circuit conductors, sizing fuses or circuit breakers, and sizing service entrance conductors
  • You will gain "hands-on" wiring skills, such as proper use of hand and power tools, splicing wires together properly, attaching electrical boxes to building framing members, fishing a cable in an existing wall, and installing an overhead service entrance
  • You will be given a 19-piece tool kit from IDEAL Electrical to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 144 course hours
  1. Preparing and Planning a Residential Wiring Job
    1. Residential Workplace Safety
    2. Hardware and Materials Used in Residential Wiring
    3. Tools Used in Residential Wiring
    4. Test and Measurement Instruments Used in Residential Wiring
    5. Understanding Residential Building Plans
    6. Determining Branch Circuit, Feeder Circuit, and Service Entrance Requirements
  2. Residential Service Entrances and Equipment
    1. Introduction to Residential Service Entrances
    2. Service Entrance Equipment and Installation
  3. Residential Electrical System Rough-In
    1. General Nec® Requirements for Rough-In Wiring
    2. Electrical Box Installation
    3. Electrical Box Installation
    4. Cable Installation
    5. Switching Circuit Installation
    6. Branch-Circuit Installation
    7. Special Residential Wiring Situations
    8. Video, Voice, and Data Wiring Installation
  4. Residential Electrical System Trim-Out
    1. Lighting Fixture Installation
    2. Device Installation
    3. Service Panel Trim-Out
  5. Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Residential Electrical Wiring System
    1. Checking Out and Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring Systems
  6. Green House Wiring Techniques
    1. Green Wiring Practices
    2. Photovoltaic (PV) System Installation
  7. Managing Customer Service
    1. Winning Customer Service
    2. Customers Revealed
    3. Customer Expectations
    4. Customer Service: Why Do It?
    5. The Decline (and Revival) of Customer Service
    6. Moving Forward with the Four P's
    7. Traits of Outstanding Customer Reps
    8. Measuring Customer Service
    9. Customer Service Communication
    10. Helping Upset Customers

Greg Fletcher

Greg Fletcher has over 40 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing electrician and as an electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 1976 and currently holds a Master Electrician's License in the State of Maine. In 1988, he was appointed as the Department Chairman of the Trades and Technology Department and Program Director/Instructor of the Electrical Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. He is the author of several textbooks including Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring, Guide to Using the National Electrical Code, and The Electrician's Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation. He has an associates in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technical Education, and a Master of Science in Industrial Education.

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia has over 20 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing and electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 2000 and currently holds an Electrical Contractor and Master Electrician license from Texas. Jorge currently serves as the Department Chair for Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation Technology at Texas Southmost College. Additionally, he has over 15 years in business as an Electrical Contractor for Exit Light Services.

Jorge has an Associate degree in Electrician Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Management and Leadership, and is currently in a Learning Technology Ph.D. program. He also holds a Fire Suppression License from the State Fire Marshal Office, Licensed Irrigator, Limited License Electrician from Tennessee, License in Bilingual & Technology Education from Texas Education Agency, National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Electrical Instructor Certification, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Authorized Trainer license.


Although it is not absolutely necessary, it is recommended that a person taking this course have some basic knowledge of direct current and alternating current electrical theory. People wanting to become electricians and taking this course should be in good health and have the ability to lift 50 lbs. It also helps to have good agility and manual dexterity. Good color vision is a requirement because electricians often must identify electrical wires by color. It is also important that electricians have good people and communication skills.


Hardware Requirements:

This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Simulation Requirements

  • Desktop Browser: A 64-bit web browser
  • Recommended: Mozilla Firefox 52+, Google Chrome 57+
  • Supported: MS Edge 15+, Apple Safari 10.1+

Instructional Material Requirements:
The following materials are not required for this course but are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • National Electrical Code 2017 -
  • Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring 5th Edition

In addition to the textbooks listed above, you will also receive the IDEAL Electrical Residential Electrician's, Tool Kit:

  • The 19-piece tool kit includes a tool carrier bag, featuring the following items:
  • 4 Pliers
  • 7 Screwdrivers
  • 6 Specialty Hand Tools
  • 1 Wire Stripper
  • 1 Electrical Tester

Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration

Please Note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.

A residential electrician or home electrician is a tradesperson who handles the repair and installation of electrical systems in residential buildings. Their job could include new wiring and lighting installations, panel changes, surge protection, and more.

A residential electrician is responsible for installing, repairing, inspecting, and maintaining the electrical systems in residential buildings. Depending on their position and expertise, a residential electrician may also be responsible for overseeing teams of workers and assisting with planning electrical projects.

Becoming a residential electrician typically involves undergoing skill training and gaining necessary certifications. However, the specific residential electrician requirements may vary for each state. Please check the required educational hours and hands-on training necessary to become a licensed residential electrician in your state.

According to, the average salary for residential electricians in the U.S is $52,173 per year, while Glassdoor reports an average base salary of $49,101 with an additional $20,194 in additional pay (e.g., cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit-sharing). The salary can vary depending on factors such as certifications, years of experience, and additional skills.

The duration of becoming a residential electrician varies based on the unique requirements of each state or county. Please check with your state or county about the necessary licensing and educational hours.

The typical process of becoming a residential electrician starts with a skill training course, after which candidates need to get hands-on training by working as an apprentice. Each state or country has different requirements for certification, licenses, and educational hours to become a residential electrician. Please check with your state or county about all the necessary requirements for becoming a licensed residential electrician.

A residential electrician works on the installation, repair, and maintenance of wiring and electrical systems in residential buildings. On the other hand, an electrical technician works on the electrical systems in machinery, equipment, and other mechanical devices, typically in manufacturing environments.

Yes, this course prepares candidates with the fundamental skills and knowledge to start an apprenticeship. This course covers electrical theory, wiring and installation, safety procedures, and the use of common hardware, materials, and building plans. Before registering for the course, we recommend that candidates review the state or local requirements for becoming an apprentice.

No, this course is not equivalent to an apprenticeship. However, it prepares candidates to become electrical apprentices. Each state has specific requirements for electrical apprenticeships. Please check with your state or local government about all the necessary requirements for becoming an electrician's apprentice.

This is a 100% online course, which means there is no traditional hands-on training in a lab setting. However, students will be able to access virtual hands-on simulations to learn, test, and refine their skills and get the same training as an in-person hands-on course.

Externships are currently not available for this course.

After completing the course, students can apply for electrical apprenticeship opportunities. Upon completing their apprenticeship, they can proceed to become a journeyman and then a master electrician.

Soft skills are the character traits, professional attitudes, and interpersonal skills that are transferable across different professions. These may include communication skills, time management, problem-solving, and creative thinking to name a few.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), 97% of employers surveyed believed soft skills were either equally or more important than hard skills. Out of the 46% of new employees that fail within 18 months, 89% were because they lacked essential soft skills such as professionalism and the ability to get along with others.

The top soft skills for residential electricians are troubleshooting, teamwork/collaboration, physical abilities, communication skills, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

This course will provide students with key soft skills related to troubleshooting, teamwork and collaboration, communication skills, problem-solving, and organizational skills. It will also cover 10 lessons on customer service.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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